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Jun 11, 2018

In this episode, state Rep. Ken Fredette talks about growing up in northern Maine and his history of public service.

Jun 6, 2018

In this episode, former state Rep. Diane Russell talks about roots in Bryant Pond, learning to shoot guns and her tight-knit family.

Jun 5, 2018

In this episode, Attorney General Janet Mills talks about her well-known family and her iconoclastic spirit.

May 25, 2018

This is a recording of the Maine Cannabis Report Live event held May 23rd at the Port City Music Hall.

The topic today is "Ready for Recreational"

The guests are:

Scott Durst, the founder, Durst Security Group specializes in cannabis business security in Maine.

Thomas Mourmouras, managing partner, Fiscal Therapy Financial, a marijuana-focused business consulting firm 

Erik Peters, chief operating officer, GHM Insurance  in Waterville

And Jacques Santucci, Principal, Nucleus One,  a consulting firm specializing in performance and management in the cannabis industry Santucci is also a co-founder of Wellness Connection of Maine, a medical dispensary with four locations. 

The moderator is Portland Press Herald reporter Penelope Overton.

Mar 15, 2018

Staff reporter Penelope Overton and an experienced panel discusses one of Maine’s newest growth industries: medical marijuana. The panel explores what business opportunities exist in this market, how the caregiver network has evolved, proposed state legislation and rules that could transform the industry, and how the launch of Maine’s recreational market could impact patient access, demand and business opportunities.

On the panel:

Catherine Lewis, chair of the board, Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine

Patricia Rosi, CEO, Wellness Connection of Maine, the state’s largest group of medical marijuana dispensaries

Eric Brakey, Republican senator from District 20 (Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls)


Peter Mourmouras, founder, The Tax Doctor, a tax and financial consulting practice

Jul 25, 2017

As the latest session of the legislature closed this year, reporter Eric Russell was watching how lawmakers would respond to the opioid addiction and overdose crisis. Last year, 376 Mainers died after taking some form of prescription or street-bought painkiller: things like OxyContin, fentanyl, heroin, or a combination of drugs. Russell was the lead writer for Portland Press Herald's Lost, a chronicle of how addiction and death impacts communities as a whole, and thought the urgency of the issue would result in legal changes and ... it didn't. 

In this episode, Russell explains to social media editor Jim Patrick how ongoing narcotic addiction spread into the mainstream and they discuss how framing the issue as a moral crisis is impeding meaningful change.

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As Maine’s opioid crisis worsens, 128th Legislature largely does nothing

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Jun 19, 2017

Medicaid is the country's largest public healthcare system. It made up 17% of the federal budget last year. The program subsidizes healthcare costs for people with low incomes, people with disabilities, and families with children. While Medicaid is mainly funded by the US government, states provide funding too. That means enrollment criteria and costs change from state to state and from year to year depending on state policy.

So sometimes it gets a little confusing. Health and human services reporter Joe Lawlor sat down with editorial page editor Greg Kesich to untangle the  overlapping systems and detail the recent and upcoming changes to MaineCare, the state's name for its Medicaid administration program.

Related stories:

Mainers to vote on whether to expand access to Medicaid under ACA

Maine would be among first states to impose work requirements, premiums on Medicaid recipients

Sen. Collins says Indiana's plan to expand Medicaid could be model for Maine

May 19, 2017

For this week's episode, Portland Press Herald City Hall reporter Randy Billings joined Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich to explain our city's unique government structure and how it may contribute to drama in a municipal government with no partisan difference.

This week's fight was over the city budget... kind of. The city council passed a $240 million annual budget with a very small cut (.02% of the budget) that exposed deep discord: they eliminated a position for Mayor Ethan Strimling's assistant, which was held by Jason Shedlock. Now Strimling is threatening to veto, an act that would likely be symbolic since the council has the right to override. 

The arrangement of our city council, mayor, and city manager has lead to confusion over job roles and decision making power. On this episode Billings opens up his reporter's notebook from the fraught budget debate, explains why the two men who have held the new-ish role of elected mayor have interpreted the job description differently, and how the city might solve this confusing issue. 

Apr 14, 2017

Portland Press Herald reporters Ed Murphy and Matt Byrne discuss in detail the case of Anthony Sanborn Jr., released on bail after serving 25 years for a 1989 murder. They talk about the circumstances of the crime, and the new evidence that led to his release. They also describe the dramatic moments in the courtroom when Superior Court Justice Joyce Wheeler announced the decision.

Related Stories:

Man convicted of 1989 Portland murder granted bail after star witness recants

In first hours of freedom, disbelief it was real after 25 years in prison

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